Author: Michael Turner

Weigh In Online

Weigh in on Topics of the Day Online   It seems everyone has an opinion about nearly everything nowadays, judging by social media chatter and the cable news channels. Why should our readers be any different? So we’re providing a new outlet for you to weigh in on the hot topics of the day with our weekly poll. The questions can be found on this page as well as at While the results will be far from scientifically valid, the polls will nevertheless provide a modicum of insight about how your fellow Grand Countians feel about issues such as immigration, health care, gun control and local initiatives that may arise. Below you’ll find this week’s inaugural poll. The results will appear in the paper next week as well as at Happy polling....

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Soaring In A Balloon

photo courtesy of Grand Adventure Balloon Tours   As you become one with the wind, you lose the sensations of movement and perception of height, you begin to feel the peacefulness and tranquility of ballooning.  If you have not been hot air ballooning, I highly recommend the experience. There is nothing quite like it. According to Jack and Sue Castillion Grand Adventures Balloon Tours, “The Fraser Valley is about as good as it gets.” This is an awesome place to fly according to aeronaut, Jack Castellion. With over 27 years flying and an average of 200 days per year...

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One of my favorite things about a rural agricultural lifestyle is the sights of a soaring Red-Tailed Hawk, a Bald Eagle raising its young or even a Great Horned Owl watching the earth from a lofty perch. Birds of prey are natural to country life, but even rural citizens don’t get many chances to see the wary birds up close. HawkQuest, a non-profit organization near Parker, Colo., is dedicated to educating the public about birds of prey through approximately 600 events and lectures each year that reach about a million people — one of the events being the Winter...

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More Counties Restrict Fires

The Gutzler Fire southwest of Kremmling is now largely contained, but fire danger remains high in many areas.   Nine wildfires continue to burn around western Colorado on more than 18,000 acres, driven by high temperatures, ground fuels and persistent winds — prompting federal land managers to deploy additional aircraft and hundreds of firefighters to try to control flames. The number of Colorado counties under fire bans and restrictions continues to grow as weather forecasts predict continued hot, dry conditions through the weekend. Late day showers and cool nights have helped temper the flames in a few areas but...

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RE Market Demands Help

Whether you are selling or buying a home, the real estate agent you hire is critical to guaranteeing you make the right decision. Most agents can walk you through the process and explain the industry ‘lingo,’ but you should expect so much more than that. The housing crisis made everyone aware that truly understanding the real estate market is more complicated than it seems. Today, there are many questions your real estate agent must be able to answer to ensure your family is making the right decision.  When you are interviewing an agent to represent your family in your...

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Drive-By Chewing

Out on the Highway of life  ….it’s a Drive by Chewing   So I am heading into Winter Park the other day and I am sitting at the stop sign at county road 85/87, Red Dirt Hill, if you are unfamiliar with our numerical naming conventions.  The endless stream of weekend warriors parading by at 70 mph. As I am sitting there trying to find my hole shot, head pivoting like the final match at Wimbledon, I see my moment of glory, and, I know I have to take a chance.  Two cars and a semi coming up the hill ready to T-bone me if I don’t kick it hard.  The only hole I have seen in the last 2 or 3 minutes and I gotta go for it, so I punch my 2.2 liter, 4 cylinder Subaru into low and give it all she’s got and I shoot out into the eastbound lane as the wind from a westbound semi gently caresses my backside. I am trying to get up to speed without throwing a rod, and, I catch a glance in the rearview where, sure enough, here comes a 5.8 liter 400 horse dark gray monster barreling up on me like it’s the final lap at Daytona. I look down and I am up to about 52 mph at this point, still winding her up.  I glance...

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Bee Concerned

Outlaw Apiaries:  Brett Gingery Beekeeper, Volunteers Rosie and Shelia   Much of our food supply depends on a healthy bee population, which is fading fast through parasites, pesticides and genetics. For more than a decade, the populations of honeybees and other key pollinators have been on the decline. Scientists have been trying to figure out what’s behind the drop, mostly looking at a combination of factors that include disease, parasites, poor diet and pesticides. Commercial beekeepers are trying to help offset the decline by raising hives in areas with less commercial farming operations. Local Beekeeper, Brett Gingery and his...

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